OP 29 - OPERATION "FLOTSAM"
November 5, 1944: "Flotsam" was a daylight supply dropping mission for the Partisans in Yugoslavia. The pre-arranged signal with the partisans was a large "X" marked in white strips on the ground. The drop point was an area near the town of Predgrad, 30 miles south-west of Zagreb.
MacIsaac and crew took off from Tortorella at 1146 hours in Wellington Mk.X LP572 "D" carrying six "K" type containers and eight packets of nickels.
Eleven Wellingtons of 37 Squadron operated and dropped 66 containers between 1329 and 1438 hours from 500 to 900 feet in altitude. All crews saw the dropping point marked by the Partisans and a good concentration of supplies was reported. 78 packets of nickels were dropped en route over Yugoslavia.
The weather was good, with a cloud layer at 3000 feet over the drop zone. Opposition consisted of slight, inaccurate heavy and light caliber flak around the drop area. All aircraft returned safely to base and there were no casualties.
MacIsaac touched down at Tortorella at 1537 hours.
During a night time mission to drop supplies in this same area, two 205 Group aircraft were shot down with the loss of all on board.
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From the No. 37 Squadron ORB, November 5, 1944:
SPORT - 37 Squadron lst Xl defeated H.Q. Movements by 8 goals to Nil in the 205 Group football league.